Every year, we enter the cycle of seasons, and the worst fear comes true with cold and flu season. Whether you’re attending work, school, or the gym, you lurk among viruses and bacteria everywhere, waiting to attack you [1].

With families struggling to prevent the little invaders from taking over our body system and hijacking our immune systems? You need to focus on healing foods, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction. But if you wish to go a mile ahead to safeguard your immunity against the common cold and flu, here’s a secret!

Heroes For Centuries: Herbs

Antiviral herbs have been an ancient secret for centuries for various medicinal purposes [2]. These herbs are easily found in multiple forms, including tablets, teas, and tinctures. These are scientifically proven to secure your body systems against viruses that cause the common cold and flu. Even if you’re not in the weather, read on to understand and prep up.

Five effective antiviral herbs:

Antiviral herbs successfully alleviate symptoms and help you get back on your feet faster. Here are some antiviral herbs to keep you healthy during flu season.


One of the top-selling herbal products across the USA, Goldenseal is famous for a good reason. It is known to contain berberine, a compound proven to have antitumor, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Goldenseal is a powerful defence against the pathogens causing the common cold, flu and other related health issues. Many studies [3] prove goldenseal’s medicinal effect to stimulate the immune system with its ability to reduce pro-inflammatory response. This indirectly limits clinical symptoms during viral infections.

Astragalus Root

A plant within the Leguminosae family, Astragalus, has a profound history as an immune booster and infection fighter. Traditional Chinese medicine has relied on this herb for centuries. It is known as an adaptogen (a term given to plants that assist the body in adapting to environmental stresses) and helps prevent sickness. Studies suggest [4, 5] that astragalus has antiviral properties and activates the immune system, signifying that it helps prevent common colds or flu. To prevent illness before it happens, healthy individuals must focus on using it regularly for the best benefits. Some traditions include a regimen of astragalus before colder months to avoid the number of colds and upper respiratory illnesses throughout the season.


Elderberries are excellent immune system boosters. These berries contain chemical compounds known as anthocyanidins, immune system-stimulating effects. In addition, to prevent illness, the elderberry extract is an efficient, safe, and cost-effective treatment for the common cold and flu symptoms.

Many studies prove that elderberry usage can significantly reduce the duration and symptoms of a cold in air travellers. Travellers using elderberry days before and post-travel saw a noticeable reduction in cold symptoms [6,7,8]. When used within the first 48 hours of flu symptoms, Elderberry extract shortens the duration of symptoms.


Another popular and commonly used herb, Echinacea, has a history of fighting the illness that dates back to its use among Native Americans, who used it as a general cure-all. Echinacea contains powerful compounds that prevent bacteria & viruses from penetrating healthy cells, thus, reducing any chance of infection. In the modern age, herbal remedies are approved to treat flu-like infections, colds, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections, and slow-healing wounds. Multiple studies back echinacea’s lengthy medicinal history. [9,10,11,12]

Olive Leaf

Studies prove that olive leaf is a potent medicinal tool with a fantastic ability to boost the immune system. One of the primary compounds in olive leaf is Oleuropein having antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Olive leaf extracts have the potential to fight effectively against various disease-causing microbes, including viruses causing flu and some respiratory infections. The powerful compound extracted from olive leaves also destroys invading organisms and bars viruses from replicating and causing disease [13, 14, 15].ssssssssss

Ending Note:

All the above-stated herbs provide the kind of support the human body yearns for when everyone around you is coughing and sneezing. Numerous herbs have benefited the pharma industry in different ways. Researchers consider many herbal treatments for cancer. Herbs are as ancient as human civilization; some are still unexplored in their potential to cure diseases. Medicinal herbs and their phytocompounds are being considered alternative cancer treatments. Many studies report the benefits of herbal medicines on cancer patients’ survival, immune modulation, and quality of life. Find here more about lesser-known spices for natural cancer prevention and treatment. Finally, many scopes need to be explored and studied for human welfare. All thanks to mother nature, which has given us abundance and keeps us safe in its womb with millions of secrets of wellness and healthy living!

References and Sources:


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459363/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3887317/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249784/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3729712/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35232341/
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30670267/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4848651/
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33827515/
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12622467/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4068831/
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26633727/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4058675/
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002804/
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227229/
  15. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29149822/
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